2 men convicted for tampering with ATM machine, stealing more than $600K

(Graphic: WKRN)
(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were convicted Thursday for tampering with an ATM machine and stealing more than $600,000 in cash from a Nashville business.

After a three-day trial, 37-year-old Chris Suhail Folad, of Franklin, 38-year-old Khaled Nabil Abdel Fattah, of Antioch, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit computer access fraud and wire fraud, 19 individual counts of computer access fraud, and 11 counts of wire fraud.

Their crimes occurred between January 2009 and March 2010 involving ATMs belonging to the Nashville-based company, Safe Cash Systems, LLC.

Folad, who previously worked as a technician for the company, knew the passwords needed to change the denomination distribution amounts.

He and Fattah used this information to alter the amounts they withdrew from the company’s ATMs. The machines thought they were dispensing $1 bills, when they were actually releasing $20 bills.

During a 14-month period, Folad and Fattah made over 800 withdrawals from Safe Cash ATMs, making as many as 20 withdrawals in a single day.

In all, they stole more than $600,000 in cash. They also used nine bank accounts and 17 bank cards to carry out the fraud.

Folad and Fattah are scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2017. They each face up to 20 years in prison.